Hilde Soliani Bell'Antonio Perfume Review

Hilde Soliani Bell'Antonio Perfume Review
Hilde Soliani Bell'Antonio Perfume Review

Hilde Soliani Bell’Antonio Eau de Parfum is a darling duet of tobacco and coffee. The tobacco ranged from sweeter and smoky to darker, smokier, and a little gray without being acrid or ashy. The espresso began more roasted and nutty before transitioning into something caramelized and nutty, though the sweetness never dominated, even into the drydown.

It’s supposed to be like “a light cloud of pipe smoke, sipping on a double espresso.” The notes are listed simply as tobacco and coffee.

Scent Development

It opened with sweet pipe tobacco with a roasted espresso beneath it before turning slightly smokier, less sweet, and nuttier. I was surprised at the lack of caramel sweetness there was in this, which is often a component of coffee notes. This was much earthier and drier, owed primarily to the tobacco. There were very little, if any, shifts in the first two hours.

The third hour saw some caramelization; the coffee pulled more caramel, while still being nutty, while the tobacco seemed slightly sweeter, further contributing to the caramel aroma. It continued in this vein for the remainder of its wear, just sweetening slightly over time but was absolutely a duet of tobacco and espresso and not much else (did exactly as marketed, really!).

Application

For testing, I used 1/3 of a 0.7ml sample vial dabbed to the underside and topside of my wrist area on my left arm. I used an unscented moisturizer prior to applying the scent as this is also my swatching arm (aka, incredibly parched at any given moment) as I found scent did not hold well here otherwise. 

I purchased my sample in January 2022; fragrances are known to be reformulated over their lifetime , so be mindful of when a review was made, e.g. a review from 2010 may not reflect what the same-named perfume smells like in 2022.

Longevity

It lasted for six hours until it was a skin-scent and about 12 hours before it was quite difficult to detect on my skin. The sillage and projection were light with the projection only a few inches above my skin after four hours.

Personal Thoughts

I can’t believe I’m going to say it, but I kind of wanted vanilla or something to sweeten everything or else had some creaminess to the scent, so… I wanted it to be… oh my goodness, more gourmand! I said it! Nevertheless, I love that it was a more simplistic fragrance and did what it set out to do.

Available Sizes

  • 100ml for $160
  • 0.7ml sample for $4

Where to Buy

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Nina Avatar

This sounds heady and pretty, but I’m lost at the coffee. I’ve had alcohol once (scotch) and loathe the smell of any alcohol. Not a coffee drinker, again the nasty taste and smell. I am a cigarette smoker though and I actually like the smell of a cigarette when it’s wafting from somewhere else. Funny, I got a migraine from Tom Ford Tobacco Vanille. And I am a true blue vanilla woman. This does sound pretty though. These little niche combos knock me out.

Z Avatar

Oh man I want to try this so much! I ADORE tobacco and really need to find more scents with it. Coffee is a tough one. I love coffee. I spent quite a bit on a proper espresso machine and everything. *However*…..most of the time people associate old, burnt beans as coffee and that’s just sad. Real, quality roasted coffee smells almost peanut buttery and rich. If there is even a whisper of charcoal in your coffee the roaster committed a crime (or it’s from a corporation. lol)
In perfume I’ve smelled coffee notes across several houses and am often disappointed by how much it smells like “cheap old nasty grounds” a la freeze-dried folgers or some other garbage. If this smell brings that really rich, depthy espresso note that comes from opening a bag of beans artfully roasted two weeks (or less) ago, then hell yeah I’m on board!
*i make no apologies for being obsessed with having a high-quality espresso every morning. we’ve all got our pockets of decadence.

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